Alaska ECHO Projects
Moving Knowledge, Not PEople
These virtual learning communities provide educators, service providers, case managers, administrators, families, and others access to expert advice from professionals throughout the state and country, building capacity in home communities to implement best practices and improve outcomes.
Hub and spoke knowledge-sharing networks create a learning loop:
- Community participants learn from specialists
- Community participants learn from each other
- Specialists learn from community participants as best practices emerge
ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) uses videoconferencing technology to connect a team of interdisciplinary experts with primary care providers, other health services professionals, and community members. The discussions with, and mentoring from, specialists help equip participants to support individuals and their families with health and disabilities related needs in their home communities.
- Behavior Analysis (click to expand)
Behavior Analysis ECHO is a virtual learning network of providers offering real-time access to behavioral facilitators.
Behavior Analysis ECHO will launch in the spring of 2018.
How will the Behavior Analysis ECHO help me?
Regular, convenient access to UAA CHD affiliated facilitators will help participants increase knowledge about:
- Access to behavior analytic literature for review and discussion
- Specific behavior analytic concepts
- Capacity to take on more complex cases
- Identifying other behavior analysts in the state with knowledge and experience in a variety of topics
- Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (click to expand)
Neurodevelopmental Disabilities ECHO is a virtual learning network of providers offering real-time access to developmental and behavioral experts. Neurodevelopmental Disabilities ECHO takes the principles of ECHO and adds the components of interdisciplinary expertise, including the integration of parent expertise. Our interdisciplinary team includes a developmental pediatrician, child neuropsychologist, advanced nurse practitioner, licensed clinical social worker, and a parent advocate.
Neurodevelopmental Disabilities ECHO meets from 12-1:30 pm (Alaska Time Zone) on the second and fourth Thursdays.
How will the Neurodevelopmental Disabilities ECHO help me?
Regular, convenient access to UAA CHD affiliated experts will help participants increase knowledge about:
- Evidence-based practices for screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism and related neurodevelopmental disabilities
- Common medical and psychiatric concerns in children with autism
- Successful office visits for children with autism and other behavioral concerns
- Care for your patients in your own practice with the support of recognized autism experts
Why should Neurodevelopmental Disabilities ECHO matter to you?
- 1 in 68 children have autism
- 50-80% of individuals with autism have trouble with sleep
- More than 50% have co-occuring anxiety or ADHD
- Parents need medical support in their home communities
- You can make huge difference for families in your community!
- Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injury (TABI) (click to expand)
The ECHO for Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injury (TABI) is a virtual learning network for medical providers to learn best practice care through real-time access to TABI experts, including a board certified brain injury specialist, physical therapist, speech-language pathologist, and peer advocate. ECHO clinics include didactic and case-based learning; discuss complex TABI cases in your practice for real-time advice from experts.
Regular, convenient access to UAA CHD affiliated experts will help providers increase knowledge about:How will ECHO TABI help me?
- Evidence-based practices for screening, treatment, and medication management of TABI
- Common medical symptoms and behavioral health concerns in patients with TABI
- Successful therapies for rehabilitation
Why should ECHO TABI matter to you?
- Alaska has one of the highest rates of brain injury in the country
- There is limited capacity in Alaska to provide specialty care for brain injury
- The majority of injuries are mild and individuals often end up seeking treatment in a primary care office
- 70% of Alaskans with a TBI severe enough to require hospitalization are discharged home with no assistance
What do I need to do to get started?
- Internet access
- A front-facing camera on smartphone, tablet, or computer/webcam
Using Zoom for ECHO Sessions
- Zoom Desktop Systems
- Zoom conferencing from a desktop/laptop is good for 1-2 people to participate.
- When video conferencing over a wireless connection, be aware of bandwidth usage and your system limitations. It is preferred that you connect virtually over a hard-wired connection for best connectivity.
- Check to make sure that you have a microphone/speaker and camera when utilizing the desktop system. If you do not have a microphone/speaker, dial in by telephone for audio as directed in the clinic connection email.
- Can’t see or hear participants? Check your system settings to make sure that you have a microphone/speaker and camera selected, and that you are not muted.
- Click here for more information about Zoom desktop.
- Zoom Room Systems
- Zoom conferencing from a room system is preferred for multiple participants.
- Arrive a bit early and make sure that the camera pre-sets are set to where your multiple participants will be seated.
- Ensure the microphone/speaker are operational. If you do not have a microphone/ speaker, dial in by telephone for audio as directed in the clinic connection email.
- If you cannot hear audio please check the television monitor volume and then the volume control on the room system (they are separate).
- If the far sight cannot hear your audio, make sure the microphone is not muted (red light is off).
Click the link below to access the secure Box site where case templates, ECHO clinic access, and resources are posted. You will receive the information to access the site after you have registered for the ECHO clinic(s).
If you are having difficulty accessing resources for an Alaska ECHO project, please contact Clinic Coordinator Meghan Clark at email@example.com / (907) 264-6242 or Alex Olah at firstname.lastname@example.org / (907) 264-6240.